1023 Evaluation of Winter Precipitation Forecast over Northern America and Its Relation with Large-scale Climate Variability in GEOS5 Seasonal Forecast System

Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Zhao Li, SSAI/GMAO-NASA, Greenbelt, MD; and A. Molod and S. D. Schubert

Reliable prediction of precipitation remains one of the most pivotal and complex challenges in seasonal forecasting. Previous studies show that various large-scale climate modes, such as ENSO, PNA and NAO play significant role in winter precipitation variability over the Northern America. The influences are most pronounced in years of strong indices of such climate modes. This study evaluates model bias, predictability and forecast skills of monthly winter precipitation in GEOS5-S2S 2.0 retrospective forecast from 1981 to 2016, with emphasis on the forecast skill of precipitation over North America during the extreme events of ENSO, PNA and NAO by applying EOF and composite analysis.
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